Karlovy Vary Film Festival presents a lineup of young directors, International FilmsTheWrap


The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will celebrate its 50th festival with a line-up of films featuring young directors, European filmmakers and character studies set in cities big and small around the world.

KVIFF will take place in early July in the picturesque spa town west of Prague in the Czech Republic. Additional reservations will be announced in the coming weeks.

The average age of directors in the festival’s main selection is just 39, making it the youngest competition lineup in KVIFF history, according to artistic director Karel Och. (In contrast, the average age of directors in the main competition at Cannes, which is obviously aimed at experienced filmmakers, was over 49.)

Films in the main competition include anti-Nazi satire “Heil” by German director Dietrich Brüggemann, thriller “The Red Spider” by Polish filmmaker Marcin KoszaÅ‚ka, Danish director Daniel Dencik’s debut narrative “Gold Coast”, “Antonia” by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino film about the Italian poet Antonia Pozzi, and an American entry, “Bob and the Trees” by Diego Ongaro.

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The main competition lineup will also include two directorial films, “The Magic Mountain” by Anca Damian and “Song of Songs” by Eva Neymann.

The festival’s documentary competition will feature 16 films, including documentaries about an elderly woman in Belfast (Mark Cousins’ “I Am Belfast”), a sniper in Afghanistan (Alba Sotorra’s “Game Over”), a dance school in Havana (Eileen Hofer’s “Horizons”), a film production in Andalucia (“He Was a Dream – A Journey to the Last Spaghetti Western”) by Tonislav Hristov and a beauty salon in Haifa (“Women in the Sink” by Iris Zaki).

Also in the lineup of documentaries, “Kacey Mottet Klein, Birth of an Actor,” a short film about a child actor by Ursula Meier, the director whose previous film, the Swiss Oscar entry “Sister”, featured Klein.

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Another competitive section, East of the West, will feature films from Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Albania, Romania, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Greece, Germany and Croatia, among others. The section will open with “Journey to Rome” by Tomasz Mielnik, a comedy set on a train to Rome.

The Forum of Independents competition will open with “Aspirantes” by Brazilian director Ives Rosenfeld, about a young man who dreams of playing for an elite football team. Other world premieres in the section include “David” by Jan Těšitel, “Le dep” by Sonia Boileau Bonspille, “Beyond Here” by Hugo Bousquet, “Shadow Behind the Moon” by Jun Robles Lana and “The Ark in the Mirage ”by Yasutomo Chikuma, as well as the European premiere of“ Tangerine ”by Sean Baker.

This year’s festival will start on July 3 and end on July 11. To celebrate the 50th edition of an event that started in 1946 but went through a rough patch until it was saved by its current ownership group in the early 1990s, the festival will kick off a lavish opening night open to the public.

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The main composition of the competition:

OFFICIAL SELECTION COMPETITION
“Antonia,” Ferdinando Cito Filomarino (Italy, Greece, 2015, World premiere)
“Babai”, Visar Morina (Germany, Denmark, France, Kosovo, Macedonia, 2015, International premiere)
“Bob and the trees” Diego Ongaro (United States, 2015, International premiere)
“Box,” Florin Åžerban (France, Germany, Romania, 2015, World premiere)
“The sound of trees” François Péloquin (Canada, 2015, World premiere)
“The red spider”, Marcin KoszaÅ‚ka (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2015, World Premiere)
” Home Care “ Slávek Horák (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2015, World Premiere)
“Golden Coast,” Daniel Dencik (Denmark, 2015, International premiere)
“Heil,” Dietrich Brüggemann (Germany, 2015, International premiere)
“Those who fall have wings” Peter Brunner (Austria, 2015, World premiere)
“The snake brothers” Jan PruÅ¡inovský (Czech Republic, 2015, International premiere)
“The magic mountain” Anca Damian (Romania, France, Poland, 2015, International premiere)
“The Song of Songs”, Eva Neymann (Ukraine, 2015, World premiere)

EAST OF THE WEST COMPETITION
“Wednesday’s child” Lili Horváth (Hungary, Germany, 2015, World premiere)
“Trip to Rome”, Tomasz Mielnik (Czech Republic, Poland, 2015, World premiere)
“chemo” Bartek Prokopowicz (Poland, 2015, World premiere)
“CHROMIUM,” Bujar Alimani (Albania, 2015, World premiere)
“The world is Mine,” Nicolae Constantin Tanase (Romania, 2015, International premiere)
“No matter how hard we tried,” Grzegorz Jarzyna (Poland, 2014, International premiere)
“Soil dust” Vít Zapletal (Czech Republic, 2014, World premiere)
“Ivy,” Tolga Karaçelik (Turkey, 2015, European premiere)
“Celestial nomad” Mirlan Abdykalykov (Kirghizie, 2015, World premiere)
“Wednesday 4:45”, Alexis Alexiou (Greece, Germany, 2015, European premiere)
“You carry me,” Ivona Juka (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, 2015, World premiere)
“Zero,” Gyula Nemes (Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, 2015, World premiere)

INDEPENDENT FORUM COMPETITION
“Aspirants”, Ives Rosenfeld (Brazil, 2015, World premiere)
“David,” Jan Těšitel (Czech Republic, 2015, World premiere)
“The dep,” Sonia Boileau Bonspille (Canada, 2015, World premiere)
“Guerrilla,” Anders Hazelius (Sweden, 2015, International premiere)
“Beyond here”, Hugo Bousquet (Belgium, 2015, World premiere)
“Princess,” Tali Shalom-Ezer (Israel, 2014, European premiere)
“Shadow behind the moon” Jun Robles Lana (Philippines, 2015, World premiere)
“L’Arche dans le Mirage”, Yasutomo Chikuma (Japan, 2015, World premiere)
“Mandarin,” Sean Baker (United States, 2014, European premiere)
“Viaje”, Paz Fábrega (Costa Rica, 2015, European premiere)
“Violator,” Dodo Dayao (Philippines, 2014, European premiere)
“Offenders”, Helen Walsh (UK, 2015, International Premiere)

DOCUMENTARY FILMS COMPETITION
“23 kilometers”, Noura Kevorkian (Canada, 2015, World premiere)
” America “, Jan Foukal (Czech Republic, 2015, World premiere)
“Cats in Riga,” Jon Bang Carlsen (Latvia, 2014)
“Game over,” Alba Sotorra (Spain, Germany, 2015, International premiere)
“Horizontes”, Eileen Hofer (Switzerland, 2015, International premiere)
“I am Belfast” Mark Cousins ​​(Ireland, UK, 2015, International Premiere)
“CEI Long”, João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata (Portugal, 2014)
“Kacey Mottet Klein, Birth of an Actor”, Ursula Meier (Switzerland, 2015)
“Mallory,” Helena TÅ™eÅ¡tíková (Czech Republic, 2015, World premiere)
“It was a dream – A trip to the last spaghetti western”, Tonislav Hristov (Germany, Finland, Bulgaria, 2015, International premiere)
“Palio”, Cosima Spender (UK, Italy, 2015, European premiere)
“Appeal,” Martin Hrubý (Czech Republic, 2014)
“The bands of the father”, Albert Meisl (Austria, 2015, International premiere)
“White death,” Roberto Collío (Chile, 2014)
“Women in the sink” Iris Zaki (UK, Israel, 2015)
“Living fire” Ostap Kostyuk (Ukraine, 2014, European premiere)


Darcy J. Skinner

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